United Community Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:UCFC)‘s stock had its “hold” rating reiterated by stock analysts at KLR Group in a research report issued to clients and investors on Wednesday.

UCFC has been the subject of a number of other reports. Boenning Scattergood upgraded shares of United Community Financial Corp. from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $7.50 target price for the company in a report on Monday, September 12th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods boosted their price target on United Community Financial Corp. from $7.25 to $8.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Monday, September 12th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating, five have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $11.25.

Analyst Recommendations for United Community Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:UCFC)

Shares of United Community Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:UCFC) traded up 0.71% during mid-day trading on Wednesday, reaching $8.48. 70,138 shares of the company traded hands. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $7.47 and a 200-day moving average of $6.69. United Community Financial Corp. has a 52 week low of $5.28 and a 52 week high of $8.53. The stock has a market capitalization of $394.74 million, a PE ratio of 22.08 and a beta of 0.78.

United Community Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:UCFC) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, October 18th. The company reported $0.11 EPS for the quarter, hitting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.11. United Community Financial Corp. had a net margin of 19.93% and a return on equity of 7.21%. On average, equities research analysts expect that United Community Financial Corp. will post $0.41 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, November 14th. Stockholders of record on Monday, October 31st were paid a dividend of $0.03 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, October 27th. This represents a $0.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.42%. United Community Financial Corp.’s payout ratio is 31.58%.

In related news, CEO Gary M. Small sold 5,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, September 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $6.91, for a total value of $38,005.00. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 115,774 shares in the company, valued at $799,998.34. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, Director Ellen J. Tressel bought 4,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 9th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $7.65 per share, for a total transaction of $30,600.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 4,141 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $31,678.65. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. 3.88% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

A number of large investors have recently modified their holdings of UCFC. Foundry Partners LLC raised its stake in shares of United Community Financial Corp. by 0.3% in the second quarter. Foundry Partners LLC now owns 559,990 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,405,000 after buying an additional 1,725 shares in the last quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. raised its stake in shares of United Community Financial Corp. by 0.4% in the second quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 148,535 shares of the company’s stock worth $903,000 after buying an additional 520 shares in the last quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp raised its stake in shares of United Community Financial Corp. by 6.0% in the second quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 221,856 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,348,000 after buying an additional 12,540 shares in the last quarter. Sequoia Financial Advisors LLC raised its stake in shares of United Community Financial Corp. by 0.3% in the second quarter. Sequoia Financial Advisors LLC now owns 240,365 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,461,000 after buying an additional 679 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Investors Asset Management of Georgia Inc. GA ADV raised its stake in shares of United Community Financial Corp. by 0.9% in the second quarter. Investors Asset Management of Georgia Inc. GA ADV now owns 107,274 shares of the company’s stock worth $652,000 after buying an additional 1,000 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 60.38% of the company’s stock.

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About United Community Financial Corp.

United Community Financial Corp. is a unitary thrift holding company for The Home Savings and Loan Company of Youngstown, Ohio (the Bank). The Bank operates through banking services segment. The Bank conducts its business through over 30 retail banking offices and loan production centers located throughout Ohio and western Pennsylvania.

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